Sunday, June 23, 2024

Duff McKagan’s Lighthouse

Duff McKagan’s third solo album, Lighthouse, is due on Friday 20th October via BFD/Orchard/Sony and ahead of that the title track’s just been released a single.

A New York Times best-selling author, founding member of both Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, the veteran musician, at his heart, is a singer-songwriter with a distinctive knack for authenticity and introspection.

In 2019, McKagan opened his own recording studio, allowing him a long hoped-for opportunity to “finally explore songs that I may have written the night before or some of those old riffs from years ago. This is a big deal for me.” He spent much of the next two years working with longtime producer/collaborator Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Brandi Carlile), chipping away at a series of intensely personal new songs. 

 Lighthouse now marks the first full length collection born in McKagan’s studio. Songs like ‘Hope’ (featuring veteran Paul McCartney drummer Abe Laboriel Jr and melodic lead guitar from Slash) and the philosophical ‘I Just Don’t Know’ (featuring contributions from McKagan’s longtime friend, Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains) see McKagan baring more of his artistic spirit than ever before, fusing acoustic elements with hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll to land at the sweet spot between soul-searching reflection and pure energy. The 11-song collection is further highlighted by an additional take on the title track, ‘Lighthouse (Reprise)’, where he is joined by the one and only Iggy Pop. 

McKagan first unveiled his new music earlier this year with This Is The Song, a three-song EP honouring Mental Health Awareness Month alongside a call to action on Propeller.

You can listen to the single here while pre-orders for  Lighthouse are available now here. The album will be available in several variations, including CD, deluxe CD with fold-out photo print, cassette, standard black vinyl, and deluxe vinyl in a host of colours, each with lithographs, booklet, sticker, and guitar pick. Signed versions and exclusive store versions will be available as well. 

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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